CCISD teachers win $157,000 in grants

by Mary Alys Cherry

Armand Bayou Physical Education teacher Mary Caruth is delighted as the Clear Creek Education Foundation Sur-Prize Patrol stops by to bring a check for her grant. Among those crowded around are, from left, Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith, CCEF Executive Director Kaci Hansen, Janet Brown, Lisa Holbrook, Armand Bayou Elementary Principal Robin Williams, Dr. Steven Ebell, Walter Pinto, Santiago Mendoza, Joan McKinney, Dr. Gary Renola, attorney Joe Barlow, CCEF Chairman Scott Rainey and Jill Reason.

Armand Bayou Physical Education teacher Mary Caruth is delighted as the Clear Creek Education Foundation Sur-Prize Patrol stops by to bring a check for her grant. Among those crowded around are, from left, Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith, CCEF Executive Director Kaci Hansen, Janet Brown, Lisa Holbrook, Armand Bayou Elementary Principal Robin Williams, Dr. Steven Ebell, Walter Pinto, Santiago Mendoza, Joan McKinney, Dr. Gary Renola, attorney Joe Barlow, CCEF Chairman Scott Rainey and Jill Reason.

Some 54 Clear Creek ISD teachers got quite a jolt when the Clear Creek Education Foundation Sur-Prize Patrol dropped by to distribute more than $157,000 in Teacher Innovative Grants.

The patrol, made up of CCEF Board members and community partners, visited 32 campuses as the school year neared an end, bringing both big smiles and screams of joy as teachers learned their grant requests had been approved.

The grants are expected to impact more than 30,000 students.

The Foundation supplies teachers with grant money to implement innovative programs for the coming school year. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1992, more than $1 million in grants has been disbursed to Clear Creek ISD teachers, CCEF Executive Director Kaci Hanson said.

“The impact of can be tremendous,” she said, using Whitcomb Elementary Teacher, Miriam Bailey, as an example. Bailey, a grant recipient last year, said “It not only changed my classroom, it changed my teaching. The introduction of iPads into our Literacy program gave my first graders a phenomenal opportunity to blend technology and learning, and it helped me grow as a teacher and facilitator of their learning.”

The CCEF director also expressed the foundation’s gratitude to its sponsors – individuals and businesses – who have partnered to make the grants possible. “The foundation feels the Teacher Innovative Grant Program is a vital and necessary strategy in assisting teachers in maintaining the high level of achievement in CCISD.”

Teachers awarded grants were:

Armand Bayou Elementary – Mary Caruth

Bauerschlag Elementary – Allicia Micheletti

Bay Elementary – Margaret Derouen

Bayside Intermediate – Julie Edward and Jamie Rogers

Brookside Intermediate – Dana Zoch

Clear Brook High – Camille Sullivan

Clear Creek High – Ellen Akers and Tina Sanders

Clear Creek Intermediate – Betty McCullouch

Clear Falls High – Adithy Iyengar, Mark Ruckstuhl and Brenda Clift

Clear Horizons – Maria Magampon

Clear Lake High –Lillian Wilson, and Shelly McCormick

Clear Lake Intermediate – Susan Doeling

Clear Springs High – Roger Elder, Amber Rhoades, Stephanie Anderson, Martha Slepitza and Lisette McClung

Clear View Center – Kristi Foret, Rebecca Garland and Timothy Green

Creekside Intermediate – Christopher Rafalik and Debra Carr

Falcon Pass Elementary – Deborah Adams and Monica Giuffre

Gilmore Elementary – Maryanna Rudecki

Goforth Elementary – Julie Brightwell

Greene Elementary – Michelle Brown and Brandy Magdos

Hall Elementary – Jill Krznar

Hyde Elementary – Cheryl Birch

League City Elementary – Cindy Crookston

League City Intermediate – Alexses Fitzgerald

McWhirter Elementary – Jennifer Ponce

Mossman Elementary – Suzanne Hargrove, Bonnie Jeffcoat, Stephanie McBride and Crystal Starke

Seabrook Intermediate – Samantha Youts

Space Center Intermediate – Holly Kincaid

Ward Elementary – Susan Blankenship

Weber Elementary – Cynthia Weaver

Westbrook Intermediate – Ruth Baxter

Whitcomb Elementary – Miriam Bailey and Kristina Digman

White Elementary – Erika Montgomery and Laura Mackay

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